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Bungee jumping is a sports branch that reaches out to hundreds of thousands of people and has international competitions… Modern bungee jumping originated from the natives of Vanatu Island located in the New Hembridis island group in Eastern Australia in the Pacific Ocean. Male members of the natives had to perform a traditional ritual jump called ‘Gkol’ which was done by jumping off bamboo towers, tied to ropes that they made out of vines. Today, the products of high technology, elastic ropes replace vines; and tall bridges, steel constructed jumping towers, or cranes replace bamboo towers.
It requires technical and theoretic knowledge
People interested in bungee jumping must have technical and theoretic knowledge about it. The first rule of this sports branch is to obtain a written consent of the person who is going to make the jump, in regards to having no serious health conditions… Next, the attendants measure this person’s weight. Then he or she is clad in the required security gear. The basic material for bungee jumping is mainly the rope. While doing this sport, two different ropes are used; braided and elastic. A synthetic braid protects the thin latex strands located at the center of the sheathed rope; every rope has the capacity to carry up to 800 kilograms. An interesting fact about the elastic ropes is that New Zealand produces them especially for this sport only. The most important feature of the elastic ropes is that they consist of more than a thousand latex strands. This material can stretch itself up to four times of its actual length during a jump.
There are two different safety harnesses; chest-hip safety harness, and ankle safety harness. The chest-hip safety harness is perfect for beginners and short distance jumpers. This type of safety harnesses creates the minimum amount of pressure on the body because the rope is tied very close to the weight and rotational centers of the body.
You can jump off any kind of tower or bridge
The jumper and an attendant get in a basket, which is going to be pulled up by a crane, after the required safety precautions are taken, and then with a rope fit for the jumper’s weight the jumper is lifted to a required height (about 50 meters) and dropped from there. After a freefall, for about 10 meters, the rope with an acceleration that isn’t harmful to human physique slows down the jumper’s fall. The jumper is accelerated upwards to about 70 percent of the fall’s height and this continues until this speed drops down to zero. The places you can make a bungee jump are of course not limited to a crane. You can jump from any bridge or tower as long as the height and angle are appropriate.
Different jumping styles
Bungee jumping has different jumping styles: double jump, backside down jump, and face down jump. Two jumpers who are strapped together by safety belts make a double jump. This prevents the jumpers from being separated. If this style makes you uneasy, then you should consider doing a backside down jump. After listening to a tutorial, the jumper jumps backside down from a cabin, which is set 75-meter above the ground, and falls just as the way a tree falls when cut down.
EXTRAORDINARY SPOTS FOR BUNGEE JUMPING
Unfortunately, there are no permanent bungee jumping platforms in Turkey. Bungee jumping enthusiasts can experience this sport in outdoor party zones, some vacation areas, and in festivals. You can make bungee jumping in Bodrum, Çeşme, and Solar Beach located in Kilyos, Istanbul.
Bridge Nowhere / Los Angeles
One of the most visited bungee jumping spots frequented by bungee jumping addicts is the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ in the Los Angeles National Park. You would understand much better how the bridge got its name while enjoying your jump from a canyon into bubbling waters.
Colorado River Bridge/ Costa Rica
The Colorado River Bridge is 90 meters above the Costa Rica’s tropical forests. It has an amazing view. If jumping is not enough, there are rock climbing and paragliding alternatives.
The 70-meter ‘Goliath’ located in Canada is among the rare places that you can jump from a steep rock into azure waters.
Bhote Koshi/ Nepal
Imagine a 270 meters jump from the Himalayas near the Tibetan borderline. You are surrounded with hills visible above the jungle down. Jumping into one of Nepal’s craziest rivers sure is a different experience.
Victoria Falls Bridge/ Border of Zimbabwe and Zambia
Victoria Falls, 105-meter in height, is in the ‘neutral territory’. In other words, it is right in the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This jump promises an incredible experience.
You must obey these rules during bungee jumping
-Do not wear any accessories and make sure your pockets are empty.
-Only jumpers may enter the area designated by the safety strips.
-Wear sports shoes that will not come off.
-Choose clothes keeping in mind that you are going to fall headfirst.